Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan’s name is derived from the Ojibwa word Michi Gami, meaning “large lake.”

It spans the entire west coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, and it is the only one of the five Great Lakes that is located entirely within the United States. 

Michigan’s third largest lake with a water surface area of 22,300 square miles, Lake Michigan’s expansive shoreline boasts several stunning dune regions. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to cascading sand dunes reaching as high as 450 feet above Lake Michigan. Others include Nordhouse Dunes at Ludington and Warren Dunes State Park near the Indiana state line, as well as the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon.  The lake also contains numerous islands, notably the Beaver Island archipelago and the North and South Manitou Islands located between the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

There are 59 lighthouses that stand on the beaches of Lake Michigan as reminders of the importance of the centuries-old shipping industry, a story told well at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Michigan's western Great Lakes region benefits from a unique climate, which creates a favorable environment for growing a wealth of agricultural products. The state is a leader in many crops including blueberries, cherries, asparagus and grapes for juice and wine. This has allowed a variety of orchards and vineyards to thrive along Lake Michigan. A trip isn’t complete without dipping your toes into the freshwater and watching a Pure Michigan sunset.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

With dunes taller than you can imagine above the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, a variety of unique hiking trails and a scenic drive with breathtaking views, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a  must-see on your Lake Michigan adventure. 

Sleeping Bears Dunes National Lakeshore
Lighthouses

More than 100 lighthouses line the beaches on Lake Michigan, and 59 of them are in Michigan. No matter your Lake Michigan destination, there are a plenty of lighthouses waiting to be explored.

Lake Michigan Lighthouses
State Parks
A trip to Michigan is not complete without sleeping under the stars in a Michigan State Park. Find the perfect campsite sand fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the Lake Michigan shore. Don’t forget all the ingredients for s’mores.
Lake Michigan State Parks
Boating
The best way to explore all that Lake Michigan has to offer is by boat. Find the perfect place to rent, charter or launch a boat on Lake Michigan.
Boating on Lake Michigan
Paddle Sports
From kayaking to stand up paddleboarding, find the perfect place for your paddle sports adventure on Lake Michigan. If you need equipment, there are a variety of rental facilities to help you get out on the water. 
Paddle Sports on Lake Michigan
Wineries
With Michigan’s ideal climate and growing conditions for a variety of grapes, a wine tour and tasting are perfect additions to your trip. Lake Michigan is home to the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, which are famously known for their many wineries.
Wineries on Lake Michigan
The Great Lakes
Read more about Michigan being the Great Lakes State, and explore Lake Erie, Huron, and Superior. 
The Great Lakes
Catch Wind of these 10 Marvelous Lake Michigan Cruises
Sail into the past, almost literally, on tall ships, or head out for a sunset champagne sail from many ports. Here are a few options for catching some Lake Michigan wind in your sail.
5 Tips for a Memorable Lake Michigan Lighthouse Tour
Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state and all of them have a unique look and story, making it the perfect place for a summer lighthouse tour. 
16 Stops for a Coastal Road Trip through Leelanau and Old Mission

You can't do much better than the Leelanau and Old Mission scenic routes. These drives are maximized for incredible coastal escapes and amazing fall colors.

Things to Do on Old Mission Peninsula: The Ultimate Pure Michigan Guide
 From wine and culinary amenities, to scenic hikes and beaches, and antique shops to cozy inns - explore what Old Mission Peninsula has to offer. 
20 Scenic Stops for a Road Trip Along the West Michigan Pike
You'll get a little bit of everything along this scenic route, including sand dunes, wineries, windmills, and, if you visit in autumn, jaw-dropping fall foliage.
Spend a Day at these Beautiful West Michigan Beaches
From Mackinaw City in the north to the Indiana state line, Michigan’s western shore forms a span of golden shoreline. Find the perfect Lake Michigan beach for your getaway.